Who Controls the International Borders?

theotherwaldo

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I seem to recall that the Obama/Biden administrations claim that international borders are the responsibility of the federal government and are under the control of the federal government.

Oddly, these same people and organizations said that the administration of President Trump had no say about the international border and its control.

Who is correct on this subject?

-And what about the states?

Right now, Governor Abbott of Texas has established a $250,000,000.00 "down payment" on completing the border wall and set up a means for individuals to help to pay for the completion of this wall. He is also returning the land that was seized by the federal government for the wall and has stated that he will open discussions with those land owners about allowing the state to use that land for building the wall.

Does Governor Abbott have the right to do this?

I have noticed that the wall sections that are stockpiled near my home are being moved around and that some appear to have been moved out of the storage areas... .
 
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wiscoaster

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Does Governor Abbott have the right to do this?

States don't normally have the Constitutional authority to control movement across their borders. That's pretty clearly a Federal power (Article I, Sections 8, 9 & 10). However ... Abbott has declared an "Emergency" so I guess it depends what emergency powers the Texas Constitution and Legislature give him and for how long they last. But more significantly, whether or not a state emergency power can supercede a Federal Constitutional power, I don't know if there's been any SCOTUS ruling that applies. I hope he gets away with it, but only as an allowed power and not as an abuse of it.
 
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wiscoaster

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On the news (Newsmax) this morning: Gov De Santis of Florida is sending FL law enforcement personnel to Texas to assist De Santis in dealing with the border crisis. I think this act of state - state cooperation and sharing of assets in opposition to Federal government policy is a significant development.
 

theotherwaldo

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Yep.
The stored Wall sections are coming out of the storage yards.
I'm not sure where they are going up, though, since Governor Abbott returned the land that the federal government had seized for putting up the Wall.
Maybe the nature preserves and parks land along the Rio Grande?
 
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